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Nashville Travel Guide, Tennessee

Nashville, best known for being the country music capital is also an important destination for civil war buffs. Nashville is a bustling city that serves the economic, educational and administrative interests of the Southern region. With a population of just over one half million residents the actual population swells to much more due to the continual influx of tourists and the student population of Vanderbilt University, located here since the 19th century.

Nashville has a humid, subtropical climate with unexpectedly cold winters, making Fall and Spring the prime visiting seasons. Nashville is situated on the Cumberland River, making it a recent highly desired location for filming and several Hollywood films have been shot here.

Nashville figured in the U.S. Civil War since it was the first Southern state capital to fall to Union troops. Nashville was gutted by the war and afterwards fought hard to climb out of dire economic straits by regaining its leadership in shipping, trading, and manufacturing. But it was the Grand Ole Opry and the music business that brought real prosperity to Nashville and it has capitalized upon it by instituting tourist attractions such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Gaylord Entertainment Center, where there is nearly always a concert.

Also offered here are basketball and hockey matches, and nearby LP Field hosts football with the former Houston Oilers, and occasionally   the Super Bowl of Football. The Music Row area is a tourist lure for music star sightings since it is the nexus of music recording and publishing enterprise.

Vanderbilt University, is one of many schools, especially religious, located in Nashville, giving it a well earned reputation as a university town with many cultural events, including those at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center which is the major performing arts center in Tennessee.

 Tourists flock to Fort Nashborough, a reconstruction of the first settlement of the site of Nashville and another faithful replica of the Greek Parthenon.  But it is the Grand Ole Opry that remains the biggest draw, either for the traditional Saturday night shows or just a tour of the slightly garish theater. There is a huge shopping mall and for more music, the bars along Lower Broadway showcase good talent from the not yet stars to the has-beens who nonetheless have a good song to sing and everyone has a great time hearing it.

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  • norfolkjonRyman Auditorium
    travel tip by norfolkjon posted more then 30 days ago
    A historic landmark of Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium is a beautiful building with great acoustics. Though the fee for the guided tour is not so much, it would be more fun if you would purchase a ticket to one the shows that is held in...
  • athenaloveBluebird Cafe
    travel tip by athenalove posted more then 30 days ago
    This amazing little local is the place where country singers have played at least once in their life time. The Bluebird Cafe has seen artists like Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood performing on its stage, not to mention the...
  • danpopTennessee State Museum
    travel tip by danpop posted more then 30 days ago
    To learn some facts about Tennessee's history you definitely have to visit the Tennessee State Museum. Not because there is no entrance (you have to pay for the parking ticket anyway, if you're with car) but because the museum...
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